An Easy Go-To Outfit Formula for Spring and Summer

An Easy Go-To Outfit Formula for Spring and Summer

You know those outfits you throw on and feel instantly good, instantly like yourself? Every woman has one. Your go-to outfit formula. It can be anything from your favorite comfy dress, a great blazer or those jeans that fit just right. For me, it’s always some version of jeans and a white tee. My effortless outfit combination—always.

To start, these Levi’s 501 jeans are “mom jeans” that are actually flattering. 👏🏼High waisted, true denim feel, light wash. These are the lived-in, relaxed jeans you’ll love and there’s something about the silhouette that just makes any outfit feel instantly casual-chic. I think the distressing on these combined with the light wash lends to the perfectly casual feel. There’s something about this was that just screams effortless and I always reach for light over dark when I want that vibe. They truly pair so perfectly with everything from flats to sandals to sneakers to heels. I wear these for everything from weekend to dog walks to date night.

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Spring Capsule Wardrobe Staples

From left to right in rows: Striped Top | White Button Down | Nude Thermal | Navy Cardigan | Straight Leg Jeans | Striped Wrap Top | Loafers | White Top | Block Heel Sandals | Nude Bag

Quality over quantity has been my motto lately and with spring (kind of) officially in the air, I’m taking this approach with me into the new season by focusing on building a spring capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is essentially made up of style staples you can easily pull together and mix and match with ease.

On a personal level, I know I feel anxious seeing my closet full of seasonal trends that may not have stood the test of time or didn’t last across multiple seasons. So my goal for a spring capsule is this: investing in basics I feel confident in. Less trends, more easy-breezy style staples. Creating a closet you can pull from to easily create looks you feel confident in. Isn’t that what shopping should always be about? Finding pieces that “spark joy”?

For me, I know I always feel my best in casual-chic basics with a flattering fit and feel. I also adore finding pieces with some sort of twist and tend to gravitate towards feminine styles more heavily in the warmer months. You’ll find me in wrap silhouettes, touches of floral here, lace and ruffles to name a few.

I want to start sharing more of what I have my eye on and a few things I’m currently loving for spring include: light wash denim especially in ankle lengths which looks really great with spring slides, fitted knits in neutrals and stripes, breezy white tops and neutral shoes in styles like loafers and slides. I really love having these classic basics you can literally throw on to feel put together in an instant. The beauty of a capsule wardrobe is that everything works together!

Spring Capsule Denim

Spring Capsule Tops

Spring Capsule Shoes

I’ve also been adding my favorite capsule wardrobe finds to the Shop Page of my blog!

What are you hoping to add to your spring and summer wardrobe this season?

As always, thank you so much for reading!

xx Tyler

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How to Wear a Striped Turtleneck

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You guys know I’ve been all about curated a capsule wardrobe lately: shopping less, buying with intention, wearing more of what I own. One of those wardrobe staples/must-haves is easily a striped knit top. With so many variations, I think it’s smart to have this style in a few silhouettes. One style favorite? The striped turtleneck.

If you want a quick way to look and feel Parisian chic, a striped turtleneck is your new best friend. It’s an effortless staple that not only keeps you bundled up in colder months but transitions beautifully into warmer weather. Think white denim, cropped denim and espadrilles…the options are endless.

Here I tucked mine into these ripped Levi’s jeans that are ultra flattering. A high rise style definitely helps make tucking a breeze and I love how clean and polished a full tuck looks. I slipped into these black Marc Fisher ankle boots but a pair of loafers in cognac or nude would really pull the look together into spring.

FYI, my exact top is a couple years old from Madewell but there are plenty of perfect dupes out there to recreate the look and I linked several below.

I topped the look with a felt hat but you can again take the look into warmer weather with a straw boater hat!

Here are a couple more looks you can create with the striped turtleneck:

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How do you like to wear your stripes?

As always, thank you so much for reading!

x Tyler

Photos by Jessica Kay Photography

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More Classic Stripes to Love for Spring

5 Things to Do in San Francisco

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If you’re going to San Francisco....

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...be sure to take a jacket!

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Living in the Bay Area, there’s certainly no lack of things to do. Whether you head north to Napa Valley, explore the city or visit the East Bay, you really have a vast array of options. From beach days to nature hikes; city life to wine country. It’s honestly an incredible area I truly feel lucky to both live in and be from. 

Growing up in the suburbs of the East Bay (about 25 miles outside San Francisco), a trip into “the city” was always a treat and something I was able to start doing “on my own” in high school. We would take the train in for a shopping trip in Union Square. In college, we’d meet “in the city” for drinks when everyone was back home. And in my few single years after college, it seemed like the only place to meet people was “in the city.” 

Fast forward to now and I started going “into the city” less and less. Call it having less free time or more “wanting to spend your free time with Netflix, your dogs and a murder documentary” but, somehow, over the years, it happened. 

But on a Saturday in the middle of February, after almost a month of rain and being cooped up inside, Patricia Nash Designs inspired me to take a trip...into the city. 

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5 Things to Do in San Francisco | www.girlmeetsgold.com
5 Things to Do in San Francisco | www.girlmeetsgold.com

Aa a brand inspired by discovery, Patricia Nash values both wonder and wander and her designs are inspired by her own travels, memories, people and places she cherishes. With meticulous craftsmanship and loving design, her handbags, footwear and accessories are perfect to take you through your own everyday travels and adventures. Plus everything in between.

For me, a day trip to San Francisco entails plenty of walking. I’m sure you’ve all heard of its infamous hills. I slipped into these Fia Loafers for the first time and was instantly amazed at their level of comfort. Memory foam flats? Yep! Memory foam flats that feel like you’re walking on a cloud. We were able to walk through the Marina and uphill through Pacific Heights with ease.

I also took along her Raffia Meldola Satchel which is both spacious and beautifully crafted with unique details. I absolutely love the acrylic tortoise-shell-effect handles. It also has plenty of pocket space, along with a detachable strap and scarf.

Of course, if you’re heading into the city, layers are a must. San Francisco and the entire Bay Area is made up of microclimates, meaning you can go from cold to hot to windy and pretty much everything in between. Keep in mind, the closer you get to the water, the colder it can be. Overall though, San Francisco weather is pretty mild.

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5 Things to Do in San Francisco | www.girlmeetsgold.com

We spent our day in the Marina, grabbed coffee, picked up flowers, meandered up through Pacific Heights and caught a tiny bit of the Chinese New Year parade all while enjoying this beautiful city and each other’s company. And it was glorious.

And without further ado, whether you’re a Bay Area Native like me or visiting this city by the Bay for your first time, here’s 5 things to do in San Francisco…

No. 1 Meander Through the Marina:

If you’re looking for a place to start in San Francisco, try the Marina. You can catch a picturesque view of the Golden Gate just as easily as you can grab coffee and brunch, pick up fresh flowers and do some boutique shopping. Make your way up towards Pacific Heights and The Presidio for quintessential SF mansions and city views. 

No. 2 Bike Across the Golden Gate:

Everyone should do this at least once. We did this for my 27th birthday to check something off my bucket list and it was truly an exhilarating feeling and incredible experience. It’s easy to rent bikes from plenty of places, depending on how far you feel like biking. Tip: once you head across the bridge, grab a drink in Sausalito and take the ferry back. Also Tip: the bridge is incredibly windy. Why I didn’t realize this, I have no idea. It’s San Francisco.

No. 3 Play Tourist at Fisherman’s Wharf 

If you took the ferry back from Sausalito, you’ll end up at The Ferry Building at the Embarcadero. Brave the crowds and play tourist. With Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf, you’ll have plenty of water (or seal) views. Tip: this is also a great area if you want to spend a rainy day indoors. There’s both the Exploratorium and Aquarium. You can even go to Ripley’s Believe it or Not and the Wax Museum if that’s your thing. Or, grab clam chowder and a lobster roll at Hog Island or Pier 23 plus an Irish Coffee at The Buena Vista. You’ll also be really close to Ghirardelli Square. You can catch a cable car and take it all the way to Powell Street. 

No. 4 Go Shopping in Union Square

If you took the cable car from Fisherman’s Wharf, you’ll find yourself hitting the end of the line at Powell Street and the heart of Union Square. Take some time to meander through Westfield Mall or simply walk up towards Union Square for a day of downtown shopping. 

No. 5 Take in the SF Views

For when you’re just in it for the #PhotoOp, San Francisco has plenty of places to take in the views or get a gram-worthy shot. Try Twin Peaks, Hawk Hill, Alamo Square, Coit Tower, Lombard Street, Kirby Cove for a swing that overlooks the Bay, or grab drinks at a high-rise like Top of the Mark or The View Lounge at the Marriott. End with dinner at The Cliff House or Waterbar. 

As always, thank you for reading. Have you spent time in San Francisco?

XO Tyler

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Special thanks to Patricia Nash Designs for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.

Wardrobe Essentials from the Shopbop Buy More, Save More Sale

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If you’ve been following along on my blog for a while, you know I’m always a huge proponent of taking advantage of major sales to make some of my best investment purchases. I can’t tell you how many of my favorite wardrobe staples were bought during the Shopbop Big Event. And how many of them are items in my closet I still wear, still reach for over and over, year after year. I absolutely adore Shopbop because they truly have high quality brands that offer really timeless staples. Are a lot of their items extremely high priced? Yes. Would I spend $200 on a t-shirt. Never. But what I will do and have done year after year is utilize this Buy More, Save More sale. sale to stock my closet with essentials. From some of my trusted, go-to brands like Levi’s and Madewell to my See By Chloe bags, Vince flats and more, this is THE sale I’ve snagged so many of them in.

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Buy More, Save More

Use code GOBIG19 for

15% off orders of $200+

20% off orders of $500+

25% off orders of $800+

Since I still am truly trying to shop less, I’m focusing on wardrobe essentials (with somewhat of a spring-forward twist). I would highly recommend you think of what’s lacking in your own closet and concentrate on those particular items but I personally love adding an everyday, versatile flat or loafer to replace the countless Target or lower-quality brands I have. And I can never say no to stockpiling denim. If you’ve been eyeing a designer bag, this is a great opportunity to snag one. I also shared a post featuring a ton of great spring and vacation buys! You can find it HERE.

Without further ado, here are my capsule wardrobe essentials from the Shopbop Big Event

Tops

Bottoms

Outerwear

Shoes

Bags

As always, thank you so much for reading and happy shopping!

x Tyler

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Camel Coat, White Sweater + Talking About Shopping Less

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Happy, happy New Year, friends! I hope you’re all enjoying time off or time spent with friends and family. We’ve had a busy holiday season but have also been able to enjoy some relaxation and I hope the same for you!

I’ve been meaning to share this look on the blog and thought it would be the perfect classic, timeless look to kick off the New Year and also share something that’s been on my mind. One thing I’ve been working on is shopping with intention (meaning adding more wardrobe staples vs. trends), while also re-working items in my closet. I think in this world of Instagram and blogging, there’s so much “stuff” with pressure to buy, buy, buy, keeping up with the latest this or that. And while I don’t think there’s anything wrong with indulging or treating yourself, sometimes you just need a reset.

Honestly, I think one thing that’s helped has been our move. I have an outrageous amount of clothes. And packing them into countless boxes helped me visualize this excess. So many don’t even see the light of day. And that’s horrible. Stressful even! Why am I buying so much, why do I feel like I’m wasting so much, why do I feel like I have nothing to wear? I spent some time purging and donating, while giving life to items in my closet I truly love, and also focusing on building up my wardrobe staples. My plan is to continue this pattern. And honestly, you guys…it’s refreshing.

This season, I’ve shopped less, investing in pieces I truly love and have noticed I actually have less desire to shop—yet somehow I have more to wear.

I finished 2018 with this mindset (shopping with intention) and it’s something I plan to continue into (and hopefully through) 2019. Building a wardrobe of items that fill a void, pieces I feel confident in, things I can wear again and again, season after season, and pieces that are worn, loved and see the light of day.

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For me, this outfit is the epitome of what I want to continue to build on. I bought this camel coat last year (I think during Black Friday or a holiday sale) and hesitated because we don’t have that many opportunities to wear coats in day-to-day life in California. But I’m so glad I ended up with it because a camel coat is one of those timeless wardrobe staples I’m talking about. Something you can reach for with everything and that you can throw on to feel put-together and chic in an instant. THAT is the feeling I want to focus on in 2019.

Classic Camel Coats

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Pairing camel with winter white is one of my favorite combinations and white sweaters are a soft spot for me. You guys, I have too many. BUT, my intention is to focus on more classic silhouettes this season. For me, that means fewer oversized styles and slouchy silhouettes I don’t always feel work for any and every occasion. Don’t get me wrong, slouchy sweaters have their place (hello, #weekendstyle with leggings and sneakers) but I know I feel better in something with a little more structure and it’s what I end up reaching for when I want to look and feel presentable. Sweater styles I’ve been looking for are crew necks, mock necks and generally styles that have a bit more structure. Also, I don’t need 5-7 similar lower-quality sweaters when I can have 2-3 high-quality staples.

Classic Staple Sweaters

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Another area I’ve focused on is boots. I have too many shoes, not enough shoes to wear. Anyone else? I talked about these M.Gemi Corsa boots already and if you have the opportunity to spend a little more, I highly recommend them and the M.Gemi brand in general. This pair is timeless and chic and can be worn casually and dressed up—which was something I know I was lacking. I love how they come up a little higher on the leg, which is great for letting skinny jeans fall into or straighter styles fall over. In this outfit, you can see how I tucked my jeans into them. I also love the 2.15 inch heel on these. They’re incredibly comfortable and easy to wear. You can get $60 off with code TYLER60. I’m between an 8 and 8.5 and wear the 39 in these.

You also may have seen I asked my Trunk Club Stylist (see this post) for some everyday boots and I ended up buying two more pairs that also fill a void in my collection. These Steve Madden ankle boots were the perfect-shade-of-brown booties (I have the cognac suede) I couldn’t put my finger on I was missing. I’ve had a hard time with Chelsea boots in the past but these are a great everyday-casual style I’ll be slipping into. The price point is great at just under $100 and they come in several colors. FYI, I always wear an 8.5 in Steve Madden but I almost think I could have even done an 8. I read reviews from people mentioning they sized up but I would probably stick to your normal size first.

The last pair of ankle boots I bought myself this season will be another wardrobe staple for me and also came in my Trunk Club. These Marc Fisher ‘Yale’ Chelsea boots in black are my new “cool girl” boots. Sleek, stylish and a little slick. These can easily do casual to dressy and will be what I reach for on a night out and will be my go-to with black denim and a moto jacket. In my experience, these run a little big. I had to exchange the 8.5 for an 8.

Classic Ankle Boots

To be honest, the main thing that has changed in terms of my shopping is this: I ask myself if something fills a void in my wardrobe. If the answer is no, I don’t buy it. And I am going to try to continue shopping with this mindset. For me, I know my void includes timeless sweaters I can wear for both work and play, outerwear that can do double duty and I always seem to notice a lack when I need something a little dressy or special for a night out.

What’s an area of your own closet you’d like to build? I plan to continue to share great deals, sales, finds and my favorite outfits with you all but I am honestly so excited to focus on building up a closet full of wardrobe staples (and pieces I feel good in) and I can’t wait to shop less in 2019.

As always, thank you SO much for reading and Happy HAPPY New Year to all of you!

xx Tyler

Photos by Jessica Kay Photography

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Sherpa Teddy Coat for Fall and Winter

Shop the Look Below.  Anthropologie Sweater Tee  | Madewell Jacket  HERE  and  HERE  | Levi’s Jeans  HERE ,  HERE  and HERE |  Shopbop Flats  |  See By Chloe Bag  |  Ray-Ban Sunglasses

Shop the Look Below. Anthropologie Sweater Tee | Madewell Jacket HERE and HERE | Levi’s Jeans HERE, HERE and HERE | Shopbop Flats | See By Chloe Bag | Ray-Ban Sunglasses

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I fully believe everyone needs a teddy coat in their collection. They’re definitely a trendy style for the season but it’s also a style you’ll want to pull out each season when the weather changes. Since I snagged a couple low-end styles to test the trend last year, this year I decided to splurge a little on something a bit more high-quality and classic. Enter this perfect Madewell Sherpa Jacket

I absolutely love the silhouette of this one. It’s not overly oversized or too slouchy like some I’ve seen and actually has a bit of structure which, to me, helps it feel a bit more classic. I also love the golden brown tone that adds a rich fall hue to any outfit combination. It’s super soft and the inside is lined with silky fabric. This is truly something I’ve been reaching for morning and night to take the dogs out or just run outside. I even throw it on for extra warmth at my very casual office. It’s just a great casual layer for fall and winter and something you can reach for daily. 

I can see this teddy coat looking cute with any color denim (like black for an edgy look) and even a cute and comfy skirt + over the knee boot combo this season. For sizing reference, I’m generally an xs or small and went with the size small.

As always, thank you so much for reading!

x Tyler

Photos by Jessica Kay Photography

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Levi's Wedgie Jeans

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By now it should be no secret that I’m a big fan of Levi’s. I wear a pair of Levi’s jeans almost every single day and if I could only choose one denim brand to wear for the rest of my life—Levi’s would be it, hands down. Which is why I am so beyond excited to partner with Levi’s for this post!

As someone with extremely picky denim needs (high rise, comfortable, nip in at the waist, room for the bum), Levi’s has become my go-to for flattering, effortless fits—that don’t break the bank. They have everything from 100% cotton, true-denim fit and feel to stretchy, skinny, straight and everything in between. And so many of them are under $100. 💯Levi’s are truly the jeans you will reach for, over-wear, live in. 🙌🏼

Most days you’ll find me in skinny jeans but I personally love the relaxed look of straighter, boyfriend styles. What I don’t like about boyfriend jeans? Feeling frumpy. But does anyone?? Enter my dream denim from Levi’s: the 501 and Wedgie Fit

You’ve seen me in my Levi’s 501 jeans countless times and today I’m wearing these High-Waisted Levi’s Wedgie Fit Jeans. These two styles are pure gold. They’re technically a skinny silhouette (which I love), yet somehow give you that perfectly relaxed, lived-in feel. You know the jeans you can throw on with a tee and also dress up with heels and a blazer and feel just as chic both ways? Yea, these are them. I’m wearing the ‘Higher Love’ wash here but my other favorite is the 501 jeans in ‘Can’t Touch This.’ I am typically in-between sizes (25 & 26) and wear a 26 in both of these. I notice the 100% cotton styles like these do bag out slightly with wear but sizing up (especially if you’re already in between sizes) still works well, otherwise they can be too tight in the thighs and rear. I get asked about Levi’s sizing quite frequently, so I wanted to outline the sizes I wear in my favorite styles below.

My Levi’s Sizing

Levi’s Wedgie: size 26; no stretch

Levi’s 501: size 26; no stretch

Levi’s 721 (99% Cotton): size 25; low stretch

Levi’s 721 (85 - 95% Cotton): size 26; high stretch

Levi’s Mile High Skinny: size 25; low stretch

I love the slightly darker, true-blue wash on these wedgie jeans which will be perfect for the fall season. I paired them with this adorable Levi’s ruffle sleeve top and threw on a shearling lined denim jacket for a little denim on denim action. This is the original sherpa trucker jacket in ‘Extremely Lovable’ and it has a really cool vibe that’s still classic. I can see pairing this with black or colored denim, over an all-black look for an edgy vibe, even over fall dresses. It’s warm but not overly bulky and will be great for layering this season. I’m in an xs but would suggest sizing UP if you plan to wear over sweaters.

As always, thank you for reading!

x Tyler

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More Levi’s to Love

Photos by Jessica Kay Photography

*This post is in collaboration with Levi’s. All thoughts and opinions remain my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.*